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Mallory Pace

Mallory Pace, News Editor

Mallory Pace is entering her third year as a journalism major at the University of North Florida minoring in marketing.

She first began her involvement with Spinnaker as a volunteer reporter at the beginning of 2022, later became the Government Reporter, and currently holds the position of News Editor. Mallory has always had a passion for writing and hopes to one day work for a magazine publication. In her free time, she enjoys reading books, cuddling her cat and swimming in the ocean.

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January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month: What do you need to know?

January 24, 2023

Human trafficking is an increasingly prevalent crime that doesn’t look one specific way, which is why it’s happening under most people’s very noses.  Florida is ranked No. 3 in the U.S. for reported...

The Hate Ends Now tour brought a replica cattle car and a message of standing against hate to the University of North Florida last Tuesday.

Hate Ends Now Tour brings the fight against antisemitism to UNF

January 23, 2023

When she was 15 years old, Hedy Bohm was taken to Auschwitz where she was separated from her parents, enduring months of torture at Nazi concentration camps. She survived long enough for liberation...

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ChatGPT: Why the trending AI tool has captured attention and controversy

January 17, 2023

With just a few lifts of a finger and even less amount of time, new artificial intelligence (AI) technology has given millions of Internet users the ability to receive information on any given topic or...

The Tabacinic Campus for Jewish Life at UNF is located a short mile drive from the core UNF campus.

Fighting hate and antisemitsm, Holocaust museum travels to UNF next week

January 13, 2023

The Chabad Center at the University of North Florida is partnering with UNF’s Interfaith Center to present the Hate Ends Now Tour, a traveling Holocaust museum aimed at bringing awareness and recognition...

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Kick off 2023 with UNF’s event-packed week

January 10, 2023

The University of North Florida (UNF) welcomes back its students – new and returning – for the 2023 Spring semester with a week filled with campus events that include free food, special giveaways and...

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Police Beat: Firearm discharged inside UNF dorm room

December 19, 2022

A firearm was accidentally discharged at the University of North Florida Osprey Fountains dorms on Monday afternoon and, after UPD responded, a student has been arrested.  The student said, “he was...

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Column: Why News Year’s resolutions need to be left in 2022

December 15, 2022

It’s New Year’s Eve, and you’re watching the ball drop on a 40-inch TV cheering and spilling flutes of champagne as couples and friends celebrate with a kiss. You think to yourself: this year is...


It’s officially cuffing season, celebrate the holiday season with some date ideas!

December 2, 2022

December is here which means the temperature is dropping, leaves are falling, and people are coupling up. Whether you hate it or love it, the colder months of the year are typically labeled as “cuffing...


The future of DeSantis’s “Stop Woke Act” in Florida after federal judge ruling

December 1, 2022

A Florida state law championed by Gov. Ron DeSantis was blocked by a federal judge on Nov. 17, who called it a “positively dystopian” policy that restricts how lessons on race and gender can be taught...

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Thanksgiving: The importance of gratitude

November 24, 2022

It’s the last Thursday of November; friends and relatives are gathered around the dining table passing rolls and cranberry sauce while hints of Christmas slowly fill the air—Thanksgiving. But before...

The Capitol is seen in Washington, Nov. 11, 2022. Republicans have won control of the U.S. House. A call by The Associated Press on Wednesday, Nov. 16, for Republican Mike Garcia in California’s 27th District secured the party the 218 seats needed for the majority.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The midterms have finished. What do the results mean?

November 18, 2022

The 2022 U.S. midterms resulted in a new balance of power in Congress—Republicans control the House; Democrats control the Senate. But what does that mean? To answer that, it’s important to understand...

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“Only time will tell”: The future of Twitter under Elon Musk

November 18, 2022

Multi-billionaire and CEO of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk, officially assumed ownership of Twitter on Oct. 27 after months of trying to back out of the $44 billion dollar purchase agreement he initially signed...

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Advertising to blame for lack of opportunity for comment at senator debate, SG deputy elections commissioner says

November 14, 2022

Spinnaker received a comment from Student Government’s (SG) Deputy Elections Commissioner Ali Sartawi – after two weeks and more than four requests to both SG accounts and personal accounts – regarding...

Incumbent Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis holds his son Mason as he celebrates winning reelection, at an election night party in Tampa, Fla, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Here’s what to know after the 2022 midterm election

November 9, 2022

Election Day ended without a clear winner in a majority of state races and with many wins on either side of the aisle, the balance of power in Congress was left unknown. As results continue to pour in,...


DeSantis reelected as governor, wins 2nd term

November 8, 2022

Florida Republican incumbent Gov. Ron DeSantis claimed victory over challenger Democrat Charlie Crist just an hour after polls closed Tuesday night, winning a second term, the Associated Press reported.  A...

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Election Day is here, Duval County voter turnout rising

November 8, 2022

Election Day is here, and Duval County's unofficial voter turnout sits at 261,000, according to the Duval Supervisor of Elections website, but the number is rising each hour. The Pablo Creek Public...

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SG Senate totals 27 senators after election concludes

November 7, 2022

The University of North Florida’s Student Government (SG) officiated their Fall 2022 election and appointed a new senator on Friday meaning the Senate now totals 27.  Transfer student Joshua Hernandez...

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Students want early voting polls back on UNF’s campus, SG survey shows

November 7, 2022

[Updated Nov. 7 to include Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan's statement.] Early voting was brought to the University of North Florida (UNF) in September of 2018 but was shortly closed in March of...

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SG chief justice to resign Friday, will take on associate justice position

November 1, 2022

Chief Justice Travis Ford will officially resign from their position in the University of North Florida's Student Government (SG) on Friday, stepping straight into the role of associate justice, according...

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Lacking UNF student attendance, empty SG Senate seats loom after debate

October 26, 2022

[Updated Nov. 4: A previous version of this article mistakenly reported that Student Government would begin their Spring 2023 semester with 18 senators total. A total of 19 senators are running in the...

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SG’s election is uncontested, what does that mean?

October 25, 2022

For the past three semesters, University of North Florida Student Government (SG) elections — one presidential and two senate elections — have been labeled as “uncontested,” but what does that...

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SG Senator Debate happening Tuesday amid uncontested election

October 24, 2022

The UNF Student Government’s 2022 Fall Senator election is officially uncontested and while candidates are scheduled to debate Tuesday, the 19 students running for a seat in Senate will be elected without...

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“No problem is too small, and no single Osprey is too little”: Meet SG’s Unity Party

October 21, 2022

The Unity Party was founded by current Student Government President Nathaniel Rodefer in the 2021 Fall semester and is now headed by University and Student Affairs (USA) Chair Maya Drum and Senate President...

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Prayer and Reflection Room opens in UNF Student Union

October 14, 2022

 A new Interfaith Space has opened in the Student Union, meant to be a safe space for the UNF campus community to engage in religious prayer, non-religious prayer and meditative practices.  The transformed...

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“Soar to new heights”: Meet SG’s Soar Party

October 13, 2022

As the United States heads toward primary elections, the University of North Florida (UNF) Student Government (SG) is also amid its own election season. The 2022 Fall senator election has begun with new...

‘Perseverance and solidarity’: UNF Pride Club members discuss the history of Pride

October 13, 2022

October is LGBTQ+ History Month, where the history of gay rights and other related civil rights movements are observed and honored. Spinnaker spoke with two members from the University of North Florida...

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“We are here to make a difference in the lives of the students we serve,” VP Murry tells senators

October 10, 2022

“We are here to make a difference in the lives of the students we serve,” University of North Florida Student Government Vice President Joshua Murry told senators during their regular Senate meeting...

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SG efforts bring a new dining experience to campus: Qdoba

October 5, 2022

If you’ve grown tired of eating and cycling through the same dining options available on campus, look no further. A new and different dining experience has opened at the University of North Florida (UNF)...

“Earth is now our only shareholder” Patagonia owner gives away billion-dollar company to fight climate crisis

“Earth is now our only shareholder” Patagonia owner gives away billion-dollar company to fight climate crisis

September 27, 2022

Outdoor retailer Patagonia has always been in the business of saving the Earth and is now directing all profits to combat climate change and protect undeveloped land around the globe.  Founded in 1973...

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UNF SG Senate passes two fiscal bills, welcomes two additional members to their branches

September 23, 2022

 The University of North Florida (UNF) Student Government Senate filled all positions in their legislative branch, passed a bill to make additions to the lighting scene on Turf Field and heard concerns...

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Students raise concerns for their safety on campus in discussion on campus preachers

September 22, 2022

“Misrepresenting the Bible” and “hate speech.” Those are two phrases University of North Florida (UNF) students used to describe preachers on the Green during an open floor discussion led by...

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Ozzie Oktoberfest: The 5 W’s to know

September 21, 2022

What: 2022 Ozzie Oktoberfest festival on the University of North Florida (UNF) campus, a UNF tradition held since 1972 that celebrates the traditional Oktoberfest held in Germany.  When: Tomorrow,...

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SG president, vice-president reprimanded in July for limiting access to Lend-A-Wing pantry, records reveal

September 16, 2022

Student Body President Nathaniel Rodefer and Vice-President Joshua Murry faced repercussions in July for unapproved operation changes made to Lend-A-Wing — the University of North Florida’s food pantry...

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“We are not going to be bullied”: Malcolm Turnbull warns UNF audience of China’s push for control

September 15, 2022

To a crowd filled with a mix of University of North Florida (UNF) faculty, students and guests, former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull gave a speech Wednesday night about the state of China,...

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Florida’s gubernatorial election might be more competitive than voters may think

September 13, 2022

Charlie Crist won the 2022 democratic primary election for Governor of Florida on Aug. 23 and will be facing incumbent Ron DeSantis in November’s midterm election.  Crist’s history with Florida...

UNF is hosting a series of events during the Fall semester to discuss the Red Zone.

Red Zone panel opens conversation about trauma and sexual assault at UNF

September 8, 2022

The University of North Florida hosted a panel event last week in the Student Union to discuss sexual violence and the Red Zone.  The Red Zone is a time of statistically heightened instances of sexual...

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UNF enrolls largest freshman class in university history and it might not be the last

September 8, 2022

The University of North Florida (UNF) is welcoming its largest freshman class in the university’s 50-year history, with an estimated 3,155 new students settling into the Osprey Nest for the Fall 2022...

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Tips and tricks for the UNF library

August 30, 2022

Since 1980, the Thomas G. Carpenter Library has served as an excellent common space for UNF students to gather and study, but Tommy G’s offers more to students than they might be aware of.  Students...


The positives of meal-prepping

August 29, 2022

Everyone loves convenience, even if it sometimes means sacrificing quality. While convenient, the University of North Florida (UNF) dining options can become repetitive and expensive. Packing a substantial...

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New improvements are being made to Tommy G’s this fall

August 22, 2022

The University of North Florida’s (UNF) library offers a variety of accommodations for a student’s preferred study environment, making it one of the most popular areas for students to gather.  To...

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College 101: A guide into a new semester

August 19, 2022

Going into a new semester can be nerve-wracking, whether it’s your first or fifth. There seems to be a never-ending list of things to remember, where your classes are, what time they start, what supplies...

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Spinnaker celebrates its 45th anniversary: a trip down memory lane

August 17, 2022

Looking back in time, it’s easy to recognize that the University of North Florida (UNF) has been fondly familiar with freedom of the press. Multi-media on campus, while it may have had to jump through...

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Time to BeReal: social media without the filters

August 16, 2022

BeReal is the latest ‘not another social network’ designed to bring users of social media back to reality and away from the filters. Alexis Barreyat and Kevin Perreau, French founders and CEOs of BeReal,...

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Flight School welcomes incoming UNF freshmen to the Osprey Nest

August 15, 2022

The University of North Florida (UNF) opens its wings to welcome around 700 incoming freshmen for Flight School on Aug. 20.   Flight School is a freshmen onboarding program held at UNF to introduce...

Michael Barcal smiles for a photo wearing a blue suit jacket, white button down and an SG button

Introducing Treasurer Michael Barcal of UNF Student Government

August 12, 2022

Recently taking on the role of Student Government (SG) Treasurer, Michael Barcal is an upcoming junior in Construction Management at the University of North Florida (UNF) and a veteran member of SG. Seeking...

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Introducing Justice Kevin Luhrs of UNF Student Government

July 21, 2022

Sworn in as one of the University of North Florida (UNF) Student Government’s (SG) Associate Justices, Kevin Luhrs' history with SG is a long and diverse one.  A recent graduate of UNF with his undergraduate...

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“We can’t criminalize being a 16 to 25-year-old male,” professor says on loud music statute

July 19, 2022

Getting pulled over while driving is enough to ruin anyone’s day, but a newly enforceable Florida statute adds another violation for drivers to be aware of– loud music.  State Statute 316.3056...

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How to wisely spend your summer free time

July 12, 2022

For college students, summertime isn’t exactly what it used to be. When students are not occupied with studying or completing assignments, most have a part-time job outside of being a student.  Spinnaker...

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The recent rave over Colleen Hoover

July 11, 2022

Colleen Hoover is an American author of young adult fiction and romance novels. Hoover is a #1 New York Times bestselling author with over a dozen published novels and series.   Her range of genres...

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Having trouble with flying lately? You’re not alone.

June 27, 2022

Since the Biden administration’s announcements in November 2021 to loosen up travel regulations, travel rates have skyrocketed and airline workers are facing backlash. With summer vacation, the travel...

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Introducing Justice Manahil Haq of UNF Student Government

June 24, 2022

Manahil Haq is an upcoming sophomore at the University of North Florida (UNF) from New Jersey and is planning on double majoring in political science and international studies.  Haq said that since...

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Meet Raymon Johnson, UNF’s 2022 Senate President

June 20, 2022

Raymon Johnson is from Tallahassee, Florida, and is currently a senior at the University of North Florida (UNF), studying Political Science and minoring in Education.   Johnson became intrigued with...

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VyStar online banking issues persist for UNF students

June 17, 2022

Online banking has become the new norm for most young adults and students, and when you suddenly cannot open the app and manage your finances, panic begins to set in. This has been the case for thousands...

A Wear Orange banner reads we can end gun violence on a fence at Success Park during a clean-up event

Locals look to brighter future with ‘Wear Orange’ park clean-up

June 6, 2022

The city of Jacksonville came together Saturday to clean up a local park and honor the lives taken from gun violence.  As a part of National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 3 and Wear Orange Weekend,...

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Meet the new 2022 Student Government Senate chairs

June 2, 2022

Maya Drum - University and Student Affairs chair  Drum graduated high school with her associate degree and is now in her second year at the University of North Florida (UNF), majoring in Business Management.   As...

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UNF professor unpacks DeSantis’s ongoing battle with Disney

May 31, 2022

Disagreements between Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and The Walt Disney Company sparked after the Parental Rights in Education,’ or as critics have renamed it, the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, was signed...

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Introducing UNF’s VR lab dedicated to cultural anthropology

April 29, 2022

The University of North Florida (UNF) first opened its Virtual Learning Center (VLC) in March 2021. Located on the third floor of the UNF Library, students suddenly had access to equipment that could transport...

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Column: What your preferred location to study says about you

April 27, 2022

UNF Library: You’re classic. If you prefer the UNF library, you’re either messing around with friends who don’t get anything done, or you’re seriously cramming and this time it’s not a joke.  You...

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It’s more than reusable, it’s an emotional support water bottle

April 7, 2022

The time for using wasteful plastic water bottles is over, and in its place is the emerging era of reusable water bottles.  According to Healthy Human Life, U.S. landfills are overflowing with two...

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UNF students weigh in on the 2022 Oscars

March 30, 2022

The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is the annual award ceremony for the film industry, and this years will be remembered for years to come. With categories like Best Picture, Best Actor and...

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“The Bachelor”: The final rose

March 22, 2022

Episode 9 After last week’s hometowns, Clayton and the remaining three women, Gabby, Rachel, and Susie, arrived in Iceland as their final destination. This week is reserved for Fantasy Suites, which...

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The Bachelor: Episodes 7 and 8 recap

March 5, 2022

‘The Bachelor’ Episode 7 The episode began with Sarah returning from her second one-on-one date where she learned from Clayton that someone in the house believed she isn’t ready for an engagement....

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Why is Wordle so addictive? UNF professor explains

March 3, 2022

Wordle is an online game that has become increasingly popular over the past few months.  The goal of the word game is to guess a random five-letter word that changes daily, in just six tries. This...

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The Bachelor: Episode 5 recap

February 18, 2022

This episode kicked off with a one-on-one date card, and Serene was the lucky girl. Serene and Clayton had the entire Pleasure Pier in Galveston, Texas, all to themselves. They spent the entire day releasing...

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Introducing UNF’s English Graduate’s Organization

February 17, 2022

Graduate school can be intimidating, especially when you’re trying to make genuine connections with your peers and professors while learning as much as you can but the University of North Florida’s...

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Column: Valentine’s Day ideas for couples and singles

February 11, 2022

Valentine’s Day is a day seemingly reserved for couples to have an extra day to be gushy and loving, but it can be stressful. There seems to be so much pressure on having the perfect day with your perfect...

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The Bachelor: Episode 4 recap

February 8, 2022

The third episode of ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’ ended with the women in agreement that Shanae is at the center of all the drama, and episode 4 immediately picked up on that theme.  Clayton began the...

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The Bachelor: Episode 3 recap

February 1, 2022

Previously on The Bachelor The second episode of ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’ ended with Clayton asking the host if anyone has ever taken a rose back after learning one contestant might have another guy...

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New year, New you: How to succeed in Spring 2022

January 31, 2022

As we kick out of bed and wake up into a new semester in a new year, it can be easy to get caught up in the same old routine. Wake up, log in to Zoom or go to class, eat something, go home, then contemplate...

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The Lufrano Intercultural Gallery’s new exhibit opens for students and faculty to view

January 21, 2022

A new senior exhibition has opened at the Lufrano Intercultural Gallery and the UNF Gallery of Art for students to experience through the end of Jan. The Lufrano Gallery is located in the John A. Delaney...

Of 336 votes, 60% of the respondents say UNF should keep classes in-person.

UNF students grapple with whether to return in-person

January 21, 2022

Yet another semester begins with COVID-19 continuing to change the way college students interact and learn. A pre-COVID world is getting harder to remember. Even though in-person classes have resumed,...

The Bachelor: Episodes 1 and 2 Recap

January 20, 2022

ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’ approaches its 26th season, and as they always say, “the most dramatic season yet.” For those who think that sentence doesn’t make sense, ‘The Bachelor’ is a reality...

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